BA launches London Gatwick – Seville, Funchal & Las Palmas

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In a further sign of renewed confidence in its London Gatwick operation, British Airways has added three new routes to its 2015 Gatwick schedule.

These are Seville in Spain (five times weekly) Funchal in Madeira (three times weekly) and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria (twice weekly) which will operate from 29 March 2015.

This is in addition to earlier announcements of Fuerteventura, Friedrichshafen and Grenoble from December 2014.

Other routes launching for summer 2015 will include Cagliari in Sardinia, Heraklion in Crete, Rhodes in Greece and Bodrum and Dalaman in Turkey.

Flights are open for booking now in ba.com

BA cancels Gatwick – Colombo; Male suspended 28 March – 25 October 2015

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)
London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

British Airways has today announced it is to cancel its thrice weekly London Gatwick – Colombo service, which operated as an additional leg to its service to Male in the Maldives.

The last flight from London Gatwick will operate on 27 March 2015 and the last inbound flight will operate on 28 March 2015.

The Male service will also be suspended from the above dates until 25 October 2015, operating as a seasonal service only.

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BA launches London Gatwick – Fuerteventura from 13 December 2014

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

British Airways will return to the island of Fuerteventura from December of this year, with twice weekly flights from London Gatwick.

Flights operate on a summer seasonal basis to Fuerteventura airport on Wednesday and Saturday.

Flight BA2700 Depart London Gatwick 14:30 – Arrive Fuerteventura 18:50 (Wednesday)
Flight BA2700 Depart London Gatwick 11:40 – Arrive Fuerteventura 16:00 (Saturday)

Flight BA2701 Depart Fuerteventura 19:35 – Arrive London Gatwick 23:45 (Wednesday)
Flight BA2701 Depart Fuerteventura 16:45 – Arrive London Gatwick 20:55 (Saturday)

Two points to note from this:

First, it’s a sign of return of growth by BA to Gatwick after a very long period of contraction in its short-haul network.

Second, it’s also an indication that future short-haul route launches at Gatwick are likely to be longer-range flights for holidaymakers rather than short-haul routes that are well covered by easyJet.

Flights are now on sale on ba.com.

BA increases long-haul frequencies at Gatwick

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)
London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

Some good news for British Airways passengers at London Gatwick. The airline has announced that, from the start of the Summer 2014 season on 30 March 2014, it will increase the frequency of flights on the following routes:

Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) increases from 2 to 3 flights a week
Antigua increases from 5 to 6 flights a week
Kingston increases from 3 to 4 flights a week
St Lucia increases from 6 to 7 flights a week
Orlando increases from 10 to 13 flights a week

The increase in frequency has been enabled by the addition of one more Boeing 777 aircraft, taking the number of Boeing 777s stationed at London Gatwick to 10. This is itself something of an achievement for BA at London Gatwick bearing in mind the number of slots that now need occupying at Heathrow.

It is a little disappointing that BA has not chosen to use the extra capacity to launch a new route, particularly to the East where BA has previously expressed the potential for growth in long-haul leisure routes from London Gatwick. However, there is a logic in adding frequencies to routes not served by daily flights to increase the number of outbound/inbound options for passengers.

Of note is the increase in flights to Orlando, which increase once again to 13 weekly and has historically been something of a stronghold for Virgin Atlantic. It is also interesting to note there has been no increase in flights from London Gatwick to Las Vegas which remain at thrice weekly, and complemented by daily flights from London Heathrow.

Hopefully the trend of steady growth in BA’s long-haul leisure operation at Gatwick is one that will continue.

BA suspends London Gatwick – Tunis from 27 October 2013

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

British Airways has announced it is to suspend its thrice weekly London Gatwick – Tunis route from 27 October 2013.

No reason has been given for the cancellation, but unsatisfactory commercial performance is a likely reason and the route suspension is an indication of the ongoing commercial pressures BA faces in the short-haul market at Gatwick.

At this stage, passengers booked on services after 27 October 2013 only have the option of a refund or moving their booking to an earlier date, as there are no direct or indirect alternatives on BA.

BA confirms further changes to Gatwick short-haul for Winter 2013

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

British Airways has confirmed further changes to its London Gatwick short-haul timetable for the Winter 2013 season, which starts on 27 October 2013.

All of these changes involve decreases in flights for the winter season.

Flights to Amsterdam decrease by 4 flights a week.

Flights to Barcelona decrease from three times a day to twice daily.

Flights to Bordeaux decrease from twice daily to ten weekly, with the second daily flights not operating on Monday – Thursday.

Flights to Dubrovnik decrease from 3 to 2 a week, with the flight on Friday being cancelled.

Flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey each decrease by 2 week, still leaving a good number of flights a week from the airport.

Flights to Genoa change from daily to five weekly, with no flights on Wednesday and Sunday.

There’s more detail on BA’s Gatwick routes on ba.com

BA launches London Gatwick – Larnaca

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British Airways has announced it is to launch a new, thrice weekly, route from London Gatwick to Larnaca.

The route launches on 30 June 2013 and will operate in addition to BA’s daily service from London Heathrow.

The flight operates on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. As is common for Garwick the flight operates at different times on each operating day.

Flight BA2674 departs at 08:35 on Monday (returning from Larnaca at 16:10), 14:40 on Thursday (returning at 22:05) and 09:25 on Sunday (returning at 17:00). The flight will be operated with a Boeing 737 aircraft.

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From a network development point of view there are a couple of interesting points to note.

First this is another new London Gatwick route which, like Barcelona and Las Vegas, operates in parallel to Heathrow. In recent times London Gatwick and Heathrow have tended to maintain broadly distinct networks but the latest Gatwick routes are a reversal of this trend. Heathrow has also moved into Gatwick’s leisure territory with seasonal routes to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Gran Canaria.

Secondly, this is a relatively long range route which indicates where BA sees growth in the difficult short haul market at Gatwick.

Changes to BA London Gatwick short-haul timetable for Winter 2013

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has confirmed changes to its London Gatwick short-haul timetable for the Winter 2013 season, which starts at the end of October.

The changes announced for so far are relatively minor, but in the context of perennial uncertainty over the future of BA’s London Gatwick short-haul operation, that is no bad thing.

Flights to Salzburg increase from 7 to 8 a week, with an additional flight on Tuesday.

Flights to Paphos continue twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays until 29 November 2013. Flights currently operate four weekly in the summer season.

Flights to Marrakech increase from 7 to 10 weekly, with additional flights on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Note that each additional flight has a different departure and arrival time. Flight BA 2668 departs London Gatwick at 11:35 on Monday (returning 15:50), 06:45 on Wednesday (returning 11:00), and 06:55 on Saturday (returning 11:10).